Maintenance innovation Challenge

The maintenance innovation challenge of Young WCM has been designed as the natural successor of the WCM Summer School, in which young professionals are getting challenged on state-of-the-art maintenance topics and work on one real-life maintenance innovation case in an intensive week.

The aim of the Young WCM maintenance innovation challenge – which is spread out over several months – is to further develop the skills and professional network needed for maintenance innovation, such that the young maintenance professionals will be more successful at achieving innovation in their own organizations. Therefore, all participants bring in their own maintenance innovation case in the Young WCM program and will be coached on their case in a series of five masterclasses on maintenance innovation management.

Learning goals of the Maintenance innovation management program of Young WCM
1. Make the participants aware of the value of their (knowledge) network in developing maintenance improvements
2. Let the participants develop innovation management skills and domain knowledge
3. Familiarize the participants with other Young WCM participants and the wider WCM innovation network
4. Aid the participants with developing and managing their own maintenance innovations and associated maintenance innovation plans

Expectations of participants
The participants are expected to give and take. Of course, the participants aim to gain knowledge and skills during the program. But participants are also expected to contribute to the group. Participants can bring, for example, specific knowledge and insights into how things are run in their organization, or invite others to visit their organization. In addition, all participants are expected to be engaged with one or multiple innovations, both during the program and afterward.

Innovation means an innovative approach or working method for the organization; it does not have to be completely new, as long as it is new for their organization.

Also, the maintenance innovation does not have to be realized within the duration of the program; it is okay if an innovation project is still at an early stage. However, it is important that the participant has an active role in realizing this innovation, and it is important that the innovation can be discussed with the coaches and other participants – only then can we support in managing the innovation.

And finally, an innovation does not necessarily have a large footprint in the use of resources, also personal smaller innovations are welcome to work on. We wish to work on some different innovations together.

Smart Maintenance
For the innovations, we inspire the participants to think for example about the smart maintenance themes which have been identified by WCM. We distinguish here three main types of maintenance innovation:

People & Organisation: This group contains those innovations which are
primarily related to the culture of an organization and the behavior of the
Process: Innovation under this group deals with changes to organizational
processes and routines which are used to efficiently and effectively achieve
maintenance and business objectives.
Technology: The technology group consists of the systems and integration
for those systems which support those innovations which have been
identified under process and people and organization.

Application and selection for the program start annually after the WCM Summer School. The core of the selection process consists of 1-2 intake interviews. During the intake, we discuss with the participant what he/she wants to get out of the program, what he/she wants to bring, what innovation case he/she will work with during the program, and what innovation needs his/her organization has.

If you’re interested, you can apply here: Application form.

Program design
The core of the program consists of 5 master classes. During these sessions, we get to work with multiple innovation themes and with each of the participants’ innovation cases. In addition, during each session, we introduce the participants to an innovation network and to a WCM project, with the aim of connecting the participants to the existing projects.

SessionThemeCasesWCM project
1InnovationIntroduce casesZephyros
2Innovation networksDiscuss casesCAMINO
3Innovation processesDiscuss casesSAMEN
4LeadershipDiscuss casesVIA APPIA
5ReflectionPresent innovation plan
Overview of the program

Between the masterclasses, the participants will work on homework assignments: an individual assignment to prepare for the next session and a group assignment to support each other with their innovation. The group assignments are intended to apply the subject (innovation network, innovation process, etc.) to the case, but also to learn from each other. The owner of the case contributes what he/she is running into (or expects to run into) and the other participants think along about possible solutions. During the session, the case owner presents the solutions that the group has come up with, what goes well in the case (best practices), what goes less well (lessons learned), and what are the remaining challenges. Coaching each other is central here: bringing in solutions, providing sources where knowledge can be obtained (literature, videos, etc.), and bringing people/organizations in contact with each other who can help solve the problem.

The Young WCM participants are also asked to organize a company visit for the other participants between the meetings. This can be combined ideally with a working day for the group assignment.

If COVID-19 allows it, the Young WCM program will be organized in hybrid form. The masterclasses will be organized from the army base in Stroe or at one of WCM’s Fieldlabs. At these locations, we’re able to professionally connect the digital attendees to the people present physically. So, if you’re not able/willing to join physically, it is possible to join via Teams.

If COVID-19 doesn’t allow a hybrid form, the masterclasses will be organized fully digitally. Since interaction is key in this program, we will make sure to organize the interaction in digital ways, between individuals, in small groups, and with the group as a whole.

Each session starts with lunch at 12:00 and ends around 17:30.

The dates for the Young WCM 2021-2022 masterclasses are: November 2nd 2021, December 7th 2021, January 11th 2022, February 15th 2022 and March 22nd 2022.

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